After their debut last summer, privately-owned direct trains will be available again starting May 28 from Hungary to the Adriatic Sea, this time not leaving from Csorna but from Budapest. A single ticket will cost somewhere between 22-30 euros.
The first privately owned, Hungarian, scheduled passenger train since the First World War was launched last July from Csorna to Rijeka. The trial period proved to be successful, as a result of which the Czech Regiojet will start its night trains from Prague to Fiume and Split this year as well; however, this time, the Hungarian stop will be in Budapest.
The first train will leave on Friday, May 28, and will run on the Prague-Brno-Bratislava-Budapest-Zagreb-Rijeka/Split line.
According to Regiojet’s announcement, the pre-sale of tickets will start in February. Full prices, as last year, for a one-way ticket will start from 22 euros in a passenger car, while tickets for a couchette car start from 30 euros. The prices include onboard services and the booking of a seat or a bed. In Rijeka, Split, and Gračac, the company’s jitneys offer a direct connection to all the popular vacation spots along the Croatian coastline from Istria to Dubrovnik, writes telex.hu.
The trains will have a similar schedule to that of last year, leaving at around 5 pm from Prague, in the evening from Brno and Bratislava, and a little before midnight from Budapest. They arrive in Zagreb and Rijeka the next morning and in Split in the afternoon.
In June and September, the trains will run three times a week, leaving from Prague and Budapest on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, while from Croatia they run every Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday.
In July and August, the trains will run in both directions on a daily basis.
Regiojet will operate its trains in co-operation with their traditional partners, with HZ Passenger Transport in Croatia and with Continental Railway Solution Kft. in Hungary. Regiojet’s trains transported passengers to Croatia for the first time in the summer season last year, transporting more than 60,000 passengers total in both directions. General occupancy of their trains peaked at over 90%.